Manx GP 2022: Tuesday Practice Wrap Up

Manx GP 2022: Tuesday Practice Wrap Up

After a delay following the aforementioned incident at Rhencullen involving Jim Barnett, whom we wish a very speedy recovery, Tuesday night’s Lightweight/Junior/Senior Classic practice session got underway at 7:40 PM.

On the run to Glen Helen, the Lightweight 250 was been set by ten times TT winner Ian Lougher.

By the time Lougher, fellow class front-runner Jim Hind reached the Mountain, Organisers had made the decision to reduce the practice stint to just one lap, due to deteriorating conditions emerging around the Mountain Course.

Lougher went onto register a lap speed of 113.118 mph whilst Dennis Trollope Racing’s Hind, lapped just 1.8 seconds slower, lapping at 112.932 mph (20 minutes 02.741 seconds).

Lougher, Hind were soon surpassed at the helm of the Lightweight times sheet by Irish Road Race 125/Moto 3 Champion Michael Browne, who registered an impressive lap speed of 113.486 mph.

Senior Classics wise, Stefano Bonetti (104.800), Lee Johnston (103.677), Alan Oversby (103.038) proved the pace setters whilst Sunday’s top qualifier John McGuinness MBE progress was slowed down due to a fuel tank problem.

In terms of the Super Twins based Junior MGP class, Team ILR with Mark Coverdale supported Francesco Curinga impressively set the pace, lapping at 112.773 mph (20 minutes 04.435 seconds).

Curinga finished over ten seconds quicker than top chaser Jamie Williams (111.841) whilst respective third to sixth quickest Twins pilots were:

‘Tommy Club’ member Dan Ingham (109.655), Andrea Majola (109.160), Victor Lopez Santos (109.000) and HeatTech Racing’s Ben Rea (108.229).

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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